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ONCE upon a time a rich Merchant, meeting 
with heavy losses, had to retire to a small 
cottage, with his three daughters. The two 
elder grumbled at this; but the youngest, named 
Beauty, tried to comfort her father and make 
his home happy. Once, when he was going on 
a journey, to try to mend his fortunes, the girls 
came to wish him good-bye; the two elder told 
him to bring them some nice presents on his 
return, but Beauty merely begged of him to 
bring her a rose. When the Merchant was on 
his way back he saw some fine roses, and think- 
ing of Beauty, plucked the prettiest he could 
find. He had no sooner taken it than he saw 
a hideous Beast, armed with a deadly weapon. 
This fierce-lo( 'e asked him how he 

dared to toucl and talked of putting 

him to death. x . : hant pleaded that he 

only took the rose to please his daughter 
Beauty, who had begged of him to get her one. 
On this, the Beast said gruffly, "Well, I will 
not take your )'fr, if you will bring one of your 
daughters here io die in vnnr stead. She must 
come willing] or I wil t have her. You 

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may stay and rest in my palace until to-morrow." 
Although the Merchant found an excellent 
supper laid for him, he could not eat ; nor could 
he sleep, although everything was made ready 
for his comfort. The next morning he set out 
on a handsome horse, provided by the Beast. 

When he came near his house his children 
came out to greet him. But seeing the sad- 
ness of his face, and his eyes filled with tears, 
they a,sked the cause of his trouble. Giving 
Beauty the rose, he told her all. The two 
elder sisters laiJ all . le blame on Beauty; but 
his sons, who had come from the forest to meet 
him, declared triat they would go to the Beast 
instead. But Beauty said that as she was the 
cause of this misfortune, she alone must suffer 
for it, and was quite willing to go; and, in 
spite of the entreaties of her brothers, who 
loved her dearly, she set out with her father, 
to the secret joy of her two envious sisters. 

When they arrived at the palace the doors 
opened of themselves; sweet music was heard, 
and they walked into a room where supper 
was prepared. Just as they had eaten their 
supper, the Beast entered, and said in a mild 
tone, " Beauty, did you come here willingly to 
die in place of your father?" "Willingly," she 
answered, with a trembling voice. " So mucli 
fhf^ hpffpr for von " said the Beast ; "your father 

3 Beauty and the Beast. 

can stay here to-night, but niust go home on 
the following morning." Beauty tried to cheer 
her father, at parting, by saying that she would 
try to soften the heart of the Beast, and get 
him to let her return home soon. After he 
was gone, she went into a fine room, on the 
door of which was written, in letters of gold, 
"Beauty's Room;" and lying on the table was 
a portrait of herself, under which were these 
words: "Beauty is Queen here; all things will 
obey her." All her meals were served to the 
sound of music, and at supper-time the Beast, 
drawing the curtains aside, would walk in, and 
talk so pleasantly that she soon lost much of 
her fear of him. At last, he turned towards 
her, and said, "Am I so very ugly?" "Yes, 
indeed you are," replied Beauty, " but then 
you are so kind that I don't mind your looks." 
"Will you marry me, then?" asked he. Beauty, 
looking away, said, "Pray don't ask me." He 
then bade her "Good-night" with a sad voice, 
and she retired to her bed-chamber. 

The palace was full of galleries and apart- 
ments, containing the most beautiful works 
of art. In one room was a cage filled with 
rare birds. Not far from this room she saw a 
numerous troop of monkeys of all sizes. T^^- 
advanced to meet her, making h^^ ^ow 
Beauty was ch pleased with th^m and said 




Beauty and the Beast, 4 

she would like some of them to follow her and 
keep her company. Instantly two tall young 
apes, in court dresses, advanced, and placed 
themselves with great gravity beside her, and 
two sprightly little monkeys took up her train 
as pages. From this time the monkeys always 
waited upon her with all the attention and 
respect that officers of a royal household are 
accustomed to pay to queens. 

Beauty was now, in fact, quite the Queen of 
the palace, and all her wishes were gratified ; 
but, excepting at supper-time, she was always 
alone ; the Beast then appeared, and behaved 
so agreeably that she liked him more and more. 
But to his question, " Beauty, will you marry 
me ? " he never could get any other answer than 
a shake of the head from her, on which he 
always took his leave very sadly. 

Although Beauty had everything she could 
wish for she was not happy, as she could not 
forget her father, and brothers, and sisters. At 
last, one evening, she begged so hard of the 
Beast to let her go home that he agreed to her 
wish, on her promising not to stay away longer 
than two months, and gave her a ring, telling 
her to place it on her dressing-table whenevei 
she desired to go or to return ; and then showed 
her where to find suitable clothes, as well as 
presents to take home. The poor Beast was more 


^ Beauty a^id the Beast. 

sad than ever. She tried to cheer him, sayin 
" Beauty will soon return," but nothing seemed 
to comfort him. Beauty then went to her room, 
and before retiring to rest she took care to 
place the ring on the dressing-table. When 
she awoke next morning, what was her joy at 
finding herself in her father's house, with the 
gifts and clothes from the palace at her bed-side. 

At first she wondered where she was ; but 
she soon heard the voice of her father, and, 
rushing out, she flung her arms round his 
neck. The father and daughter had much to 
say to each other. Beauty related all that had 
happened to her at the palace. Her father, 
enriched by the liberality of the Beast, had left 
his old house, and now lived in a very large 
city, and her sisters were engaged to be mar- 
ried to young men of good family. 

When she had passed some weeks with her 
family, Beauty found that her sisters, who were 
secretly vexed at her good fortune, still looked 
upon her as a rival, and treated her with 
coldness. Besides this, she remembered her 
promise to the Beast, and resolved to return to 
him. But her father and brothers begged her 
to stay a day or two longer, and she could 
not resist their entreaties. ^^^'^ one night she 
dreamed that the poor B ast was lying dead 
in the palace garden; she awoke in a fright, 


Beauty and the Beast, 6 

looked for her ring, and placed it on the table. 
In the morning she was at the Palace again, 
but the Beast was nowhere to be found : at last 
she ran to the place in the garden that she 
had dreamed about, and there, sure enough, the 
poor Beast was, lying senseless on his back. 

At this sight Beauty wept and reproached 
herself for having caused his death. She ran to 
a fountain and sprinkled his face with water. 
The Beast opened his eyes, and as soon as he 
could speak, he said, sorrowfully, " Now that 
I see you once more, I die contented." " No, 
no!" she cried, "you shall not die! Oh, live to 
be my husband, and Beauty will be your faith- 
ful wife ! " The moment she had uttered these 
words, a dazzling light shone everywhere ; the 
Palace windows gHttered with lamps, and music 
was heard around. To her great wonder, a 
handsome young Prince stood before her, who 
said that her words had broken the spell of a 
magician, by which he had been doomed to 
wear the form of a Beast, until a beautiful girl 
should love him in spite of his ugliness. 1 he 
grateful Prince now claimed Beauty as his wife. 
The Merchant was soon informed of his 
daughter's good fortune, and the Prince was 
married to Beauty on the following day. 



IN the olden time, when wishing was having, there lived a 
King, whose daughters were all beautiful ; but the youngest 
was so exceedingly beautiful that the Sun himself, although he saw 
her very often, was enchanted every time she came out into the 

Near the castle of this King was d large and gloomy forest, 
and in the midst stood an old lime-tree, beneath whose branches 
splashed a little fountain ; so, whenever it was very hot, the King's 
youngest daughter ran off into this wood, and sat down by the 
side of this fountain ; and, when she felt dull, would often divert 
herself by throwing a golden ball up in the air and catching it. 
And this was her favourite amusement. 

Now, one day it happened, that this golden ball, when the 
Kinor's daugrhter threw it into the air, did not fall down into her 
hand, but on the grass ; and then it rolled past her into the foun- 
tain. The King's daughter followed the ball with her eyes, but it 
disappeared beneath the water, which was so deep that no one 
could see to the bottom. Then she began to lament, and to cry 

1 The Frog Prince. 

louder and louder ; and, as she cried, a voice called out, " Why 
weepest thou, O King's daughter ? thy tears would melt even a 
stone to pity." And she looked around to the spot whence the 
voice came, and saw a Frog stretching his thick ugly head out of 
the water. " Ah ! you old water-paddler," said she, " was it you 
that spoke ? I am weeping for my golden ball, which has slipped 
away from me into the water." 

" Be quiet, and do not cry," answered the Frog ; " I can 
give thee good advice. But what wilt thou give me if I fetch thy 
plaything up again ? " 

" What will you have, dear Frog ? " said she. " My dresses, 
my pearls and jewels, or the golden crown which I wear ? " 

The Frog answered, " Dresses, or jewels, or golden crowns, 
are not for me ; but if thou wilt love me, and let me be thy com- 
panion and playfellow, and sit at thy table, and eat from thy little 
golden plate, and drink out of thy cup, and sleep in thy little bed, 
— if thou wilt promise me all these, then will I dive down and 
fetch up thy golden ball." 

" Oh, I will promise you all," said she, " if you will only get 
me my ball." But she thought to herself, " What is the silly Frog 
chattering about ? Let him remain in the water with his equals ; 
he cannot mix in society." But the Frog, as soon as he had 
received her promise, drew his head under the water and dived 
down. Presently he swam up again with the ball in his mouth, 
and threw it on the grass. The King's daughter was full of joy 


3 The Frog Frince. 

when she again saw her beautiful plaything ; and, taking it up, 
she ran oft immediately. " Stop ! stop !" cried the Frog ; " take 
me with thee. I cannot run as thou canst." But all his croaking 
was useless ; although it was loud enough, the King's daughter 
did not hear it, but, hastening home, soon forgot the poor Frog, 
who was obliged to leap back into the fountain. 

The next day, when the King's daughter was sitting at table 
with her father and all his courtiers, and was eating from her own 
Httle golden plate, something was heard coming up the marble 
stairs, splish-splash, splish-splash ; and when it arrived at the top, 
it knocked at the door, and a voice said, " Open the door, thou 
youngest daughter of the King!" So she rose and went to see 
who it was that called her ; but when she opened the door and 
caught sight of the Frog, she shut it again with great vehemence, 
and sat down at the table, looking v^xy pale. But the King per- 
ceived that her heart was beating violently, and asked her whether 
it were a giant who had come to fetch her away who stood at the 
door. " Oh, no ! " answered she ; " it is no giant, but an ugly Frog." 

" What does the Frog want with you ? " said the King. 

" Oh, dear father, when I was sitting yesterday playing l^y the 
fountain, my golden ball fell into the water, and this Frog fetched 
it up again because I cried so much : but first, I must tell you, he 
pressed me so much, that I promised him he should be my com- 
panion. I never thought that he could come out of the water, but 
somehow he has jumped out, and now he wants to come in here." 


The Frog Prince. 4 

At that moment there was another knock, and a voice said, — 

" King's daughter, youngest, 

Open the door. 
Hast thou forgotten 
Thy promises made 
At the fountain so clear 
'Neath the Hme-tree's shade ? 
King's daughter, youngest, 

Open the door." 

Then the King said, " What you have promised, that you 
must perform ; go and let him in." So the King's daughter went 
and opened the door, and the Frog hopped in after her right up 
to her chair : and as soon as she was seated, the Frog said, 
" Take me up ; " but she hesitated so long that at last the King 
ordered her to obey. And as soon as the Frog sat on the chair, 
he jumped on to the table, and said, " Now push thy plate near 
me, that we may eat together." And she did so, but as everyone 
saw, very unwillingly. The Frog seemed to relish his dinner 
much, but every bit that the King's daughter ate nearly choked 
her, till at last the Frog said, " I have satisfied my hunger and 
feel very tired ; wilt thou carry me upstairs now into thy chamber, 
and make thy bed ready that we may sleep together t " At this 
speech the King's daughter began to cry, for she was afraid of the 
cold Frog, and dared not touch him ; and besides, he actually 
wanted to sleep in her own beautiful, clean bed. 

But her tears only made the King very angry, and he said, 

The Frog Prince. 5 

"He who helped you in the time of your trouble, must not now 
be despised ! " So she took the Frog up with two fingers, and put 
him in a corner of her chamber. But as she lay in her bed, he 
crept up to it, and said, " I am so very tired that I shall sleep 
well ; do take me up or I will tell thy father." This speech put 
the King's daughter in a terrible passion, and catching the Frog 
up, she threw him with all ner strength against the wall, saying, 
" Now, will you be quiet, you ugly Frog?" 

But as he fell he was changed from a frofj into a handsome 
Prince with beautiful eyes, who, after a little while became, with 
ner father's consent, her dear companion and betrothed. Then he 
told her how he had been transformed by an evil witch, and that 
no one but herself could have had the power to take him out of 
the fountain ; and that on the morrow they would go together 
into his own kingdom. 

The next morning, as soon as the sun rose, a carriage drawn 
by eight white horses, with ostrich feathers on their heads, and 
golden bridles, drove up to the door of the palace, and behind the 
carriage stood the trusty Henry, the servant of the young Prince. 
When his master was changed into a frog, trusty Henry had 
grieved so much that he had bound three iron bands round his 
heart, for fear it should break with grief and sorrow. But now 
that the carriage was ready to carry the young Prince to his own 
country, the faithful Henry helped in the bride and bridegroom, 
and placed himself in the seat behind, full of joy it his master's 


The Frog Prince. 6 

release. They had not proceeded far when the Prince heard a 
crack as if something had broken behind the carriage ; so he put 
his head out of the window and asked Henry what was broken, 
and Henry answered, "It was not the carriage, my master, but a 
band which I bound round my heart when it was in such grief 
because you were changed into a frog." 

Twice afterwards on the journey there was the same noise, and 
each time the Prince thought that it was some part of the carriage 
that had given way ; but it was only the breaking of the bands 
which bound the heart of the trusty Henry, who was thence- 
forward free and happy. 



ONCE upon a time there was a King and Queen who were very happy 
together, but great regret was felt that they had no heir. One day when 
the Queen was sitting by a fountain, a large crab appeared, and said, " Great 
Queen, you shall have your wish." The crab then changed into a handsome 
little old woman, and walked out of the fountain without being wetted. She 
conducted the Queen through a path in the wood which she had never seen 
before, although she had been in the wood a thousand times. 

The Queen's astonishment was increased by the sight of a palace of 
diamonds. The gates opened, and six fairies issued forth. They all made 
a courtesy to the Queen, and each presented her with a flower of precious 
stones. There was a rose, a tulip, an anemone, a columbine, a carnation, and 
a pomegranate " Madam," said they, "we are delighted to announce to you 
that you will have a beautiful Princess, whom you will call Ddsiree. Send for 
us the moment she is born, for we wish to endow her with all good qualities ; 
hold the bouquet, and name each flower, thinking of us, and we shall be 
instantly in your chamber." 

The Queen returned to court, and soon after a Princess was born, whom she 
named Ddsiree ; she took the bouquet, named the flowers one after another, 
and all the fairies arrived. They took the little Princess upon their knees and 
kissed her, one endowing her with virtue, another with wit, a third with 
beauty, the next with good fortune, the fifth with continual health, and the last 
with the gift of doing everything well which she undertook. 

The Queen thanked them for the favours conferred upon the little Princess, 
when there entered so large a crab that the door was scarcely wide enough for 
her to pass through. "Ah! ungrateful Queen," said the crab, "have you so 
soon forgotten the Fairy of the Fountain, and the service I rendered you by 
introducing you to my sisters ! You have summoned them all, and I alone 
am neglected ! " The Queen asked her pardon ; and the fairies, who feared she 
would endow the child with misen :nd misfortune, seconded the Queen's 
endeavours to appease her. " Ver l^U," said she; "I will not do all the 
mischief to Ddsiree I had intendea. Kov/evc: /arn you that if she 

sees the light of day before she is fifteen, it will pfhaps cost her her life." 

2 The Hind in the Wood. 

As soon as the crab had left, the Queen asked the fairies to preserve her 
daughter from the threatened evil, and they decided to build a palace without 
doors or windows, and to educate the Princess there till the fatal period should 
have expired. Three taps of a wand produced this grand cditice, in which 
there was no light but that of wax candles and lamps ; but there were so 
many of the^^e that it was as light as day. The Princess's intelligence and 
skill enabled her to learn very quickly, while her wit and beauty charmed 
everybody ; the Queen would never have lost sight of her, if her duty had not 
obliged her to be near the King. The good fairies every now and then went 
to see the Princess. As the time drew near for her to leave the palace, the 
Queen had her portrait taken, and sent it to the greatest courts of the world. 
There was not a prince who did not admire it ; but there was one who could 
never leave it. He shut himself up, and talked to it as though it could 
understand him. The King, who now hardly ever saw his son, inquired 
what prevented his appearing as cheerful as usual. Some courtiers told him 
they feared the Prince would go out of his mind ; for he remained whole days 
shut up in his room, talking as though he had some lady with him. The 
King sent for his son, and asked him why he was so altered. The Prince threw 
himself at his father's feet, and said, " I confess that I am desperately in love 
with Princess Ddsirde, and wish to marry her." He ran for the portrait, and 
brought it to the King, who said, "Ah ! my dear Guerrier, I consent to your wish. 
I shall become young again when I have so lovely a Princess at my court." 

The Prince begged the King to send an ambassador to Princess Ddsirde ; 
and Becafigue, a very eloquent young nobleman, was selected. 

The ambassador took his leave of the Prince, who said, " Remember, my 
dear Becafigue, that my life depends upon this marriage. Omit no means of 
bringing the lovely Princess back with you." 

The ambassador took with him many presents for the Princess, and also a 
portrait of the Prince. 

On his arrival, the King and Queen were enchanted ; they had heard of 
Prince Guerrier's personal merits, and were well content to have found a hus- 
band for their daughter so worthy of her. 

The King and Queen resolved that the ambassador should see Udsirde, but 
the Fairy Tulip said to the Queen, "Take care. Madam, that you do not intro- 
duce Becafigue to the Princess ; he must not see her yet, and do not consent 
to let her go until she is fifteen years old ; for if she quit her palace before 
then some misfortune will befall her." And the Queen promised to follow her 

Oi ador's afiival, he asked to see the Princess, and was surprised 

that tnat tavon= "It is no caprice of ours, my Lord Becafigue," 

3 The Hind in the Wood. 

said the King, " that induces us to refuse a request which you are perfectly 
justified in making ; " and he then related to the ambassador the Princess's 
extraordinary adventure. 

The Queen had not yet spoken to her daughter of what was passing ; but 
the Princess knew a great marriage was in agitation for her. 

The ambassador, finding his endeavours to obtain the Princess were useless, 
took leave of the King, and returned. When the Prince found he could not 
hope to see his dear Ddsirde for more than three months, he fell dangerously 
ill. The King was in despair, and resolved to go to the father and mother 
of Ddsirde, and entreat them no longer to defer the marriage. 

During all this time Desiree had scarcely less pleasure in looking at the 
Prince's portrait than he had in gazing at hers. And her attendants did not 
fail to discover this — amongst others, Giroflde and Longue-dpine, her maids of 
honour. Giroflde loved her dearly, and was faithful ; but Longue-dpine had 
always nourished a secret jealousy of her. Her mother had been the Princess's 
governess, and was now her principal lady-in-waiting, but as she doted on her 
own daughter, she could not wish well to Ddsirde. 

The ambassador Becafigue again posted with the greatest speed to the city 
where Ddsirde's father resided, and assured the King and Queen that Prince 
Guerrier would die if they refused him their daughter any longer. At last 
they promised him that before evening he should know what could be done in 
the matter. The Queen went to her daughter's palace, and told her all that 
had passed. Ddsirde's grief was very great, but the Queen said, " Do not 
distress yourself, my dear child ; you are able to cure him. I am only uneasy 
on account of the threats of the Fairy of the Fountain." " Could I not go in 
a coach," replied she, " so closely shut up that I could not see daylight? They 
might open it at night, to give me something to eat, and I should thus arrive 
safely at the palace of Prince Guerrier." 

The King and Queen fancied this expedient very much ; and they sent for 
Becafigue, telling him the Princess should set out instantly. The ambas.sador 
thanked their Majesties, and again returned to the Prince. 

A coach was built, lined with pink and silver brocade. There were no glass 
windows in it ; and one of the first noblemen in the kingdom had charge of 
the keys. And Ddsirde was locked up in the coach, with her principal lady- 
in-waiting, Longue-dpine, and Giroflde. Longue-dpine did not like the 
Princess ; and was in love with Prince Guerrier, whose likeness she had seen. 
When upon the point of setting out she told her mother she should die if the 
Princess's marriage took place ; and the lady-in-waiting said she would 
endeavour to prevent it. 

The King and Queen felt no uneasiness for their H- ; but Longue 



The Hind in the Wood, 4 

dpine, who learned each night from the Princess's officers the progress they 
were making, urged her mother to execute her plans. So about midday, when 
the sun's rays were at their height, she suddenly cut the roof of the coach 
with a large knife. Then, for the first time, Princess Ddsirde saw the light of 
day. She had scarcely looked at it, and heaved a deep sigh, when she sprang 
from the coach in the form of a White Hind, and bounded off to the forest, 
where she hid herself in a dark covert. 

The Fairy of the Fountain, who had brought about this event, seemed bent 
on the destruction of the world. Thunder and lightning terrified the boldest, 
and no one remained but the lady-in-waiting, Longue-dpine, and Giroflde, the 
latter of whom ran after her mistress. The two others lost not a moment in 
executing their project. Longue-dpine dressed herself in Ddsirde's richest 
apparel, and followed by her mother, set forth towards the city, and were met 
by the King and his son. The King, advancing with all his court, joined the 
false Princess ; but the moment he saw her, he gave a cry, and fell back. 
" What do I see ? " said he. " Sire," said the lady-in-waiting, boldly advancing, 
" this is the Princess Ddsirde, with letters from the King and Queen. I also 
deliver into your hands the casket of jewels which they gave me on setting out." 

The King heard this in sullen silence, and the Prince, leaning upon Becafigue, 
approached Longue-dpine, who was as ugly as Ddsirde was beautiful. 

Struck with astonishment, " I am betrayed," cried he, addressing himself to 
the King. " What mean you, my lord ? " said Longue-dpine ; " know that you 
will never be deceived in marrying me." The King and Prince did not answer 
her; they each remounted their litters, one of the body-guards placed the 
sham Princess behind him, and the lady-in-waiting was similarly treated ; they 
were then carried into the city, and were shut up in a castle. 

Prince Guerrier was so overwhelmed by the shock that he could no longer 
endure the court, and determined to leave it secretly, to seek out some solitary 
place wherein to pass *he remainder of his sad life. He communicated his 
plan to Becafigue ; ^vho, he felt persuaded, would follow him anywhere. He 
left upon his table a long letter for the King, assuring him that the moment his 
mind was more; a^ '"'«'=' \ • M return. 

While evciyh6dy end- icd to console the King, the Prince and Becafigue 

sped awci,, at the *: j, of three days found themselves in a vast forest, 
wherr he Prince, who was still ill, dismounted, while Becafigue went to seek 
fo" io^^rfe fruits fo-* aeir refreshment. 

ic since we left the Hind in the Wood, The Fairy Tulip felt 
i^x her misfortune ; and conducted Giroflde towards the forest, that she might 
console thi Princess. Giroflde was looking for her dear mistress, when the 
■lind sa-/ her, and leaping a brook, ran up eagerly and caressed her a thousand 

The Hind in the Wood. 5 

times. Giroflde looked at it earnestly, and could not doubt that it was her 
dear Princess. Their tears affected the Fairy Tulip, who suddenly appeared. 
Giroflde entreated her to restore Ddsirde to her natural form. " I cannot do 
that," said Tulip; "but I can shorten her term of punishment; and to soften 
it, as soon as day gives place to night, she shall quit the form of a hind — but, 
as soon as it is dawn, she must return to it, and roam the plains and forests 
like the other animals." 

" Proceed by this path," continued she, " and you will come to a little hut." 
So saying, she disappeared. Giroflde followed her directions, and found an old 
woman seated upon the step of the door finishing an osier basket. She led 
them into a very pretty room, in which were two little beds. As soon as it was 
quite dark, Ddsirde ceased to be a hind : she embraced Giroflde, and promised 
that she would reward her the moment her penance had ended. The old 
woman knocked at their door, and gave them some fruit. They then went to 
bed, and as soon as daylight appeared, Ddsirde, having become a hind again, 
plunged into the wood. Meanwhile Becafigue arrived at the cottage and asked 
the old woman for several things his master wanted. She filled a basket for 
him, and offered them shelter for the night, which was accepted. 

The Prince slept restlessly, and as soon as it was day he arose and went into 
the forest. After he had walked for some time a hind started off, and he let 
fly an arrow at her. This hind was no other than Ddsirde, but her friend 
Tulip preserved her from being struck. She felt very tired, as such exercise 
was quite new to her. At last the Prince lost sight of her, and being fatigued 
himself, gave up the pursuit. 

The next day the Prince again went to the forest, determined that the hind 
should not escape him. He walked about for some time, and, being much 
heated, he lay down and fell into a sleep ; and while he was sleeping the hind 
came to the spot. She crouched down a little distance from him and touched 
him, when he awoke. His surprise was great ; she ran off with all her might, 
and he followed her. At length she could run no longer, and the Prince 
came up to her with delight. He saw she had lost all her strength, so he cut 
some branches from the trees, covered them wi<"h moss. .ajpd. placing her gently 
upon the boughs, sat down near her. She became very unt.:^sy, however, as 
night approached. She was thinking how to escape, when the i^'rince left her 
to search for some water. While he was gone she stole away, ^nd safely 
reached the cottage. The Prince returned as soon as he had found a spring, 
and sought her everywhere, l~'it in vain; so he returned to the cottage and 
related to his friend the adventure with the hind, accusing her of ingratitude. 
Becafigue laughed, and dvised him to punish her when he had the chance. 
Daylight returned, and the Princess resumed her form of the white hind, and 

The Hind in the Wood. 6 

hid herself far away in the forest. She was just fancying herself quite safe, 
when she caught sight of the Prince. She instantly fled, but as she was crossing 
a path, he lodged an arrow in her leg, when her strength failed her, and she 
fell. The Prince came up and was greatly grieved to see the hind bleeding. 
He gathered some herbs, bound them round her leg, and made her a new bed 
of branches. He placed the hind's head upon his knees, and lavished caresses 
upon her. At last the time arrived for returning to the old woman's ; he lifted 
up his game, but he felt that without assistance he could not get his captive 
home, so he bound her with ribands to the foot of a tree, and went to look for 
Becafigue. The hind tried in vain to escape, when Girofl^e passed by the spot 
where she was struggling, and set her free just as the Prince and Becafigue 
arrived and claimed her. " My lord," replied Giroflde, " this hind belonged to 
me before she did to you. I would much sooner lose my life than her." Upon 
this the Prince generously gave her up. 

They returned to the cottage, and the Prince went in shortly after and inquired 
who the young woman was. The old dame replied that she did not know; but 
Becafigue said he knew she had lived with Princess Ddsirde, and being deter- 
mined to convince himself, he set to work and made a hole in the partition 
large enough to perceive them. Girofl^e was binding up the Princess's arm, 
from which the blood was flowing. They both appeared much distressed. 
" Alas ! " said the Princess, " must I become a hind every day, and see him 
to whom I am betrothed without being able to speak to him ! " Becafigue was 
astonished. He ran for the Prince, who looked through the aperture, and imme- 
diately recognised the Princess. Without delay he knocked gently at the door, 
Giroflee opened it, and the Prince threw himself at the feet of Ddsir^e. 

" What ! " exclaimed he, " is it you whom I wounded under the form of a 
white hind ? " He was so afflicted that Ddsirde assured him it was a mere 
trifle ; she spoke to him so kindly that he could not doubt her love for him. 
He was explaining in his turn the trick that Longue-dpine and her mother had 
played him, when a shrill noise of trumpets echoed through the forest. The 
Prince looked out of the window and recognised his own colours and standards, 
and catching sight of his father's litter, ran to it, and told the King of his 
forljnate meeting with the real Princess. 

All this was brought about by the Fairy Tulip. The pretty house in the 
• wood was hers, and she herself was the old woman. The army was ordered 
<^o march back again. The Prince and Princess were received in the capital 
with shoutb of joy ; everything was prepared for the nuptials, which were 
rendered more o>lemn by the presence of the six fairies ; and Becafigue was 
married to Girofl6 at t.he|ame^time^^^^%3|^3 


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